Thanks to your generosity, many children and teens from across the Division were able to experience awesome adventures this summer at our beautiful Salvation Army Pine Lake Camp. Located just southeast of Red Deer, the camp offers a time of fun, relaxation, and learning in a safe environment. Our camp is accessible to children and teens from all walks of life that don’t normally have the chance to go on vacation. Through your donations, we are able to offer subsidies to those struggling financially with sending their kids to camp. As Captain Rick Robins, Divisional Youth Secretary states, “money will never be a reason why a child can’t come to Pine Lake Camp.”
We are able to offer six, week-long camps during the summer, starting with our unique Mom’s & Tot’s Camp. A retreat for moms with children ages 0-6, this camp offers moms a chance to enjoy quality time with their kids, relax, learn new parenting skills, network with other moms, and reflect. Our popular Teen and Holiday Camps offer a fun-filled week where campers have the opportunity to learn and participate in friend-making activities such as the low ropes course, climbing wall, swimming, canoeing, worship and bible study, cosmetology, and various sports options. We end our summer with Gospel Arts Camp, which gives children the opportunity to learn about and play new instruments, as well as giving them a chance to build on skills they already have playing brass instruments. Other options include vocal groups, guitar, and drama. This camp is led by a group of volunteers who give their time and knowledge so that kids can become better musicians.
Pine Lake Camp is a great place – it instills skills such as leadership and patience. ‘Team work’ was a popular answer when the teens were asked what they most enjoyed about camp, with ‘making new friends’ a close second. First time camper, 14 year old Francis, says “I love the activities here and I like working in a team. I met a few kids that live near me and I will definitely see them when I go home.” Many of our campers grow up to work at the camp, like counsellors Molly and Jayden. “I love being here,” shares Jayden. “It’s like my second home and for every summer I can remember, I was here.”
Our campers truly appreciate the opportunity to visit Pine Lake Camp, and The Salvation Army thanks you for your continued support in helping us Give Hope Today!